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The song that doesn’t age according to Geddy Lee

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The song that doesn’t age according to Geddy Lee

The legendary Rush vocalist, keyboardist and bassist Geddy Lee was a crucial part of the band’s sound and helped them to become one of the most successful and influential Rock and Roll bands of all time.


He started his career in 1968 and the first album of the group was released in 1974. Five decades later millions of fans still love the songs from that album and believe that’s a kind of music that doesn’t age.

Like everybody, Lee also believes that there are certain songs that don’t age and he once revealed the name of one.

The song that doesn’t age according to Geddy Lee

It’s no secret that Geddy Lee has always been a huge fan of Progressive Rock and one of his favorite bands was Genesis, especially when Peter Gabriel was the band’s vocalist.

During his era, the band released some of the most praised Prog Rock albums of all time and after he decided to leave them in 1975, the musician started a solo career. Lee obviously followed closely his solo records. There is one song from his self-titled debut album released in 1977 that he believes doesn’t age. That track is “Solsbury Hill”, which was also a hit-single at the time, peaking at number 13 in the United Kingdom.

He said that in an interview with Global Bass Online in 2000. “There are a whole range of other things (I like to hear). Things from the past, of course, that I still find very inspiring. Every time ‘Solsbury Hill’, by Peter Gabriel, comes on the radio I remember where I was when I first heard it. That song doesn’t age because it’s so well written. There is something so right about it,” Geddy Lee said.

He went to see Genesis open for Lou Reed and then left after their show was over

Back in the early 70s, Genesis was still not a famous group in the United States and Canada. So they accepted the offer to sometimes open for artists who really were not really similar to the kind of music they were doing. That happened when the band was Lou Reed’s opening act and Geddy Lee went to see him.

He said that like him, many other fans went to the show only to see Genesis. Because they left when Lou Reed appeared.

He recalled that experience in an interview with Classic Rock magazine back in 2012 (Transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage). “Yes. I went to see a strange double bill. Genesis was opening for Lou Reed. It was Genesis’ first time in Toronto. They started with ‘Watcher of Skies’ and they were great.”

“I mean and then Lou Reed started playing afterwards. You know, you like Genesis, not so much Lou Reed at that period. Nothing against Lou Reed. But it just wasn’t an act he could follow up. So we left,” Geddy Lee said.

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